Teach Your Children Well
I love camping! I enjoy seeing the kiddos on their bikes riding all over the campground, hearing the laughter of families playing together, sitting around the campfire at night, and I love sleeping in tents.
Some campgrounds are roomier than others and campers have more privacy, but, even in the smaller campgrounds, when the campsites are close together, being a good neighbor is easy, if you follow a few simple rules.
Respect the quiet time rule.
Most campgrounds have a quiet time starting at 10:00 p.m. Stay up and enjoy your campfire, by all means, I do, but, turn the music and the voice levels down so that your neighbors can go to sleep if they wish.
I admit that I was guilty of breaking this rule while camping this summer. My friend and I, along with our 8 grandchildren, collectively, were sitting by the fire one night, being silly with the kids and laughing. We were having so much fun that we didn’t realize how loud we were until the park rangers stopped on their walk through camp and reminded us that it was quiet time.
We all need to be courteous and quiet after 10:00.
If you arrive at your campsite late at night, try to set up your camp quietly. Use flashlights not headlights.
If your neighbors arrive and set up late, offer them a couple of pieces of your firewood and some kindling so they can relax by the fire or cook a meal.
Don’t cut through other people’s campsites.
This is a pet peeve of mine. When people reserve a site in a campground, they are renting that living space for their vacation. Respect their space and their privacy. I have had kids ride their bikes through my campsite to get to a trail. I have had people cut through my campsite to get to the beach. I have even had people walk up and look into my tent windows to see how it is laid out.
Keep your pets under control.
Most campgrounds have a rule that dogs have to be on a 6-foot leash but, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are being kept under control. The humans still have to use some common sense. Even if, according to you, “its okay, he is friendly,” “he wouldn’t hurt a flea” or, “he will just lick you to death,” not everyone wants to pet or be sniffed by your dog!
What about barking? Do you want to camp next to a dog that barks all the time? Neither do I.
Clean up after your pets PLEASE!
Do not wash your dishes in the bathroom sinks.
Trust me, no one wants to wash their face or brush their teeth at the same sink that you just used for your dirty dishes. GROSS!
Leave the campsite cleaner than you found it.
The last thing we do before we drive away from our campsite is to walk around picking up any tiny bits of trash that we may have overlooked.
Camping is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. It is also a great way to make new friends. To make a friend be a friend.
Teach your children well by showing them how to be a good campground neighbor .
The featured photo is Tyrone Hills Golf Course, October 2013
Photo of me at Niagara Falls
“Freedom without rules doesn’t work. And communities do not work unless they are regulated by etiquette.”